Interior design is one of the most interesting, creative, technically challenging careers out there. The industry is huge, with so many ways to specialize and so many different job options.
Want to design homes? Interested in commercial designs for retail stores or hotels? Have a passion for kitchens, bathrooms, small spaces, or eco-friendly materials? Want to own your own interior design business one day?
This field has something for everyone. Demand for interior designers is expected to increase across Canada over the next 5 years, on both the residential and commercial side. It's a billion dollar business that just keeps on growing.
Considering this profession? Take a look at 8 excellent reasons to choose a career in interior design (plus helpful information on how to get started).
1. You don't need a university degree
You do not need a university degree to start a successful interior design career. Whether you have a degree or a diploma, all designers start out in similar entry-level roles.
These roles focus on drafting skills. Specifically, your understanding of technical drawing, AutoCAD design software, and building codes. Prove yourself in this area, and you will slowly move up into positions where you consult with clients and contribute original design ideas.
When you're first starting out, you must show you have a strong technical skillset. This is what employers are looking for, rather than extensive knowledge of the history and theory of interior design.
If you're not interested in attending university, or need to save on tuition costs, a college interior design course is the perfect alternative. College programs focus on hands-on design skills, not theory. They are completely focused on the skills employers want in new hires.
2. interior design training takes just 18 months
At Herzing, our Interior Design training takes just 18 months. The program is full-time and includes an 8-week internship at a local design company. The goal? To get you hired straight after graduation.
This program dives deep into hands-on interior design projects. Each project focuses on different skills in drafting, space planning, building codes, and interior decoration. It's all about making students competitive job candidates after graduation.
"In terms of getting hired, the most important skills our students learn are space planning, learning how to read an architectural document, understanding the National Building Code, and using software to create and present a design from scratch. We do kitchens, bathrooms, homes, hotels, plus architectural details like doors, windows, staircases, and electrical legends —all the real design work you’ll need to land your first job."
- Herzing College Interior Design instructor, Matthew Salmaso
By the end of the program, students have completed designs for residential and commercial spaces, and learned how to present them using industry-standard software.
Everything culminates in an internship, where they get to apply what they've learn in a real interior design environment. Students graduate with a professional portfolio of designs to show employers, and are fully prepared for their first job.
This is what you can expect from any quality, college-level Interior Design program. The training will be quick and practical, so you can get busy gaining real work experience.
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3. Interior design is the ultimate blend of creativity & technical precision
Interior design is both an art and a science. Designing for different types of spaces is perfect for a creative person, because it requires endless innovation and problem-solving.
On the technical side, you have the latest software tools and highly precise drafting and rendering. Bring both these worlds together, and you have the challenge of designing spaces that are functional, beautiful and up-to-code.
There is also the client relationship part of interior design. Designers get to meet tons of new people, and work closely with them to bring amazing concepts to life.
Whether you love the technology side, the creativity of space planning and decoration, or the opportunity to connect with others - interior design has it all.
4. So many careers paths to choose from
Interested in designing interiors for homes? More drawn to restaurant or retail store design? Think you would excel at large-scale projects, like museums, hotels, or cruise ships?
There are so many career paths to choose from. During interior design training, you'll get the chance to design for different types of spaces: residential, industrial, commercial, cultural, and institutional.
Your internship will give you more experience working with a particular design style. Many graduates get hired at architectural and interior design firms, where they can continue to work on a variety of projects.
Once you've decided which type of design you're interested in, you can work for a company that specializes in that area. Or, find your own clients and build up an independent interior design business.
5. steady demand for talented interior designers
The latest Government of Canada Job Bank report shows steady demand for interior designers in many parts of Canada. Manitoba, Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario, Saskatchewan, and Quebec all report employment growth in this field.
There are job opportunities at architectural and design firms, construction companies and retail stores. Our graduates have been hired by furniture design companies, retail stores, interior design firms and kitchen design specialists.
In 2019, 100% of our interior design grads got hired after graduation (statistic based on available graduates and most recent data).
6. Interior design makes an impact & a difference
Consider how important a person's home is. Or the huge impact good design can make on a restaurant, clothing store, or hotel.
Interior design is about so much more than making things "look good". Great design makes a big impact. It can transform a living environment and increase profits at a business. It can completely change the way we feel about and use a space.
Sustainable design, for examples, helps protect our natural resources by using only eco-friendly materials. There are huge advancements being made in this area.
Meanwhile, industrial designers are pushing the limits of factory and warehousing structures, creating interiors that are more "human" and comfortable than ever before.
In every part of this industry, there are opportunities to bring fresh ideas and actually make the world better through innovative design.
7. start your own interior design business
In Quebec, a whopping 36% of interior designers have their own business (compared to an average of just 12% for other professions).
Many designers start small, taking on a few freelance clients while working full time at a design firm.
Gradually, they transition into full-time self employment, building up a business that specializes in a certain area of design. In some cases, they partner with another designer to help the business grow.
Want to become your own boss? You're in the right field. Interior design offers great opportunities for entrepreneurship.
8. This field is always evolving (you'll never get bored!)
Every interior design project you work on will bring a different set of challenges. Each client is different, each space is different, and there are always new design techniques to explore and learn.
Digital design technology has evolved tremendously over the last 20 years. And areas like eco-friendly design are quickly growing in popularity. There are more options than ever; more ways to specialize your skills and expand your abilities.
An interior design career is perfect for someone who loves to learn and wants variety in their work. Each year brings a fresh new crop of trends and ideas. This field is all about change. As long as you stay curious, you'll never get bored!
Learn more about becoming an Interior Designer
Have questions about Interior Design training, career options, or how to get started? Your next step is to speak with an Admissions Advisor. An advisor will explain courses and job options, and help you decide if interior design is right for you.
You can ask questions about tuition, financial aid, class schedules, and what to expect in class. An Advisor can also help with international applications, setting up a campus tour, and sending you a program brochure.
Click below to get started. Explore Herzing's Interior Design program and chat live with an Admissions Advisor right now.